There are several different types of rights of way and you have the right to walk along all of them. Some rights of way are also open to horse riders, cyclists or motorists. Zoom into the map and click on the path that is of interest to view more information.
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Get the rights of way map on your smartphone
For recreational purposes, such as walking or riding, use the Rights of Way Google map on your smartphone and follow your position as you go.
How to use the map
- Use the map's legend to see what 'status' each colour on the map represents
- To follow your location on the map, make sure your GPS location is enabled
If you use the Google Maps app
- Sign into your Google account to view the map
- The rights of way map will automatically be added to your saved maps
- You might need to refresh the map occasionally as we update it every six months - use the button link on this page to see the latest version
The rights of way information presented in Google Maps is based on information from the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way in Cambridgeshire ("the Definitive Map"), and is updated approximately every six months. It is NOT the Definitive Map.
The accuracy of this information cannot be guaranteed. It is intended to be used only for leisure purposes and is not suitable for checking the legality of rights of way lines. If you require more accurate data, the Definitive Map should be consulted. Please see our Definitive Map and Statement page for more information.
Report a fault on a public right of way
You can report a problem on a public right of way online by submitting a highway fault report using our online form.
Some public rights of way may be subject to seasonal or permanent restrictions. To find out more, see our Rights of way restrictions webpage.
Signage on public rights of way
Footpaths - let you go by foot only and are marked by a yellow arrow
Bridleways - let you go by foot, horse or bike and are marked by a blue arrow
By ways open to all traffic - let you travel by any form of transport, including motor vehicles and are usually marked by a red arrow.
Restricted byways - let you travel by any form of transport that doesn’t have a motor and are marked by a purple arrow.
Permissive paths are not legal rights of way, but are routes which the landowner has agreed the public can use and are marked by a black arrow
To manage, improve and promote a Public Rights of Way network as an integral part of a wider transport system, we developed a Rights of Way Improvement plan. This forms part of our wider Cambridgeshire Local Transport Plan and can be viewed on our Local Transport Plan webpage.
Information for landowners
Farmers and other landowners can learn about their responsibilities in the rights of way guide
The below Public Rights of Way Guide was published in 2010 and some information is now out of date. The County Council recovers the costs for many of the services it now provides and you should contact the Definitive Map team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you require any assistance with rights of way matters. The document still does however contain details of general principles that you may find useful.
If you are involved in development that affects public rights of way you can download the guidance for planners and developers
Public Rights of Way commercial enquiries
For commercial companies and individuals wishing to apply for a highway, public rights of way or common land and town/village green search please go to Highway Searches.